Applying for the right tuition fee funding
Different sources of funding are available to students so it’s important to make sure that you apply as early as possible for the funding appropriate to your level of course and mode of study. As soon as you receive a conditional or unconditional offer of place you should apply for the appropriate funding for your course.
The Student Finances Flowchart will also help you to understand which type of funding you should apply for. Remember, you can always get in touch with us if you need any advice. We’re here to help! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01355 807780.
Check out our Money Matters booklet which tells you all the different sources of tuition fee support that might be available to you.
Students on Higher Education (HE) Courses
Level 7 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
Students on HE Advanced Courses – Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) should apply directly to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fees, bursary support for young and independent students, student loans and any supplementary grants. Apply online at www.saas.gov.uk.
All HNC / HND students are required to pay tuition fees for their course and must apply to SAAS to have them paid to the College on their behalf. If you do not apply for your fees or are a self-financing student, the College will invoice you directly.
Supply all the relevant documents
Most funding is means tested. If you don’t send in all the required documents, your application can’t be assessed. Please help us and the other funding bodies to assess your application quickly and accurately by ensuring that:
• You’re making the application to the correct funding body
• You’re making application on the correct form
• All sections of the application form are completed in full
• All supporting paperwork and evidence is submitted with your application (originals, if requested)
• Your application is submitted in good time
Don’t be caught out – get your application in as soon as you possibly can and respond quickly and fully to any requests for additional information.
August and September are very busy months for the College Bursary Office, SAAS and the Student Loans Co. If you leave it until August or September to apply, it could take up to 6 weeks or more for your application to be processed.
Terms and Conditions for the Payment of Tuition Fees
See our guidance for students here.